I love kids so much so that I have three, all boys. The problem I have is what eco web sites should I let them look at. They see me working on the computer and talking about the internet, so now they want a go, have a look and play. After some searching I found this list of kid eco sites on the BBCGreen web site compiled by Lily Barclay. Hopefully these sites will keep your kids amused for a while and also educate them on some important eco and green issues.
The Recyclezone is sponsored by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and is a great source of green information for school children. It’s bright, interactive and easy to use with a wide range of brain teasers, jokes and ideas – don’t miss Recycler the Rapping Robot’s musical debut.
For more information visit: Recycle Zone
2. The Greens
Meet the Greens is a website about an environmentally conscious family who are trying to do their bit for the planet. This US-based site features short animated adventures, which all carry an eco-message. ‘Tons of trash’, ‘birds need trees’ and ‘food rescue’ are just a few of the episodes on the site.
There’s also an interactive blog where children can discuss how they feel about the programmes they’ve watched. For more information visit: Meet The Greens
3. CBeebies Green Balloon Club
The Green Balloon Club stars four eco-warrior children and a dog, who live in a virtual green club house. The site is full of songs, videos, print and colour activities – and there’s a green star club where you can print out a chart and collect reward stickers for good green behaviour.
For more information visit: Green Balloon Club
4. Environment Agency – Fun and Games
The Environment Agency’s dedicated children’s section is home to a wealth of games, information and animated news bulletins. There are lots of surprising facts and figures to get your little ones thinking, as well as a tool to calculate your family’s eco footprint and tips on how to reduce it.
For more information visit: Environment Agency
5. National Geographic Kids
The National Geographic children’s site is a great resource, which focuses on topics like animal migration, the environment and how it affects the wildlife around us. There are plenty of quizzes, videos, games, stories and tips to bring your children closer to the nature around them. Check out the step-by-step guide to planting your own garden.
For more information visit: National Geographic
This interactive game has been created by the Saving Water Partnership, Seattle, USA. Your mission is to help Phil Dumpster and his friend Bert the Salmon (who is on hand with green advice) to find the areas around the house where they can save water, money and the environment before they are washed away!
For more information visit: Waterbusters
7. Nature Challenge for Kids
Meet David Suzuki - he’ll challenge your children to follow a ten-step action plan covering topics such as food, travel, and the home. The idea is for children to gain better eco-awareness and apply it to their everyday lives. You’ll also find fun role play ideas and activities to encourage kids to express their views on nature and the environment.
For more information visit:Nature Challenge for Kids
8. Scholastic Explorers - Earthwatch Partnership
This educational site is a great tool for inspiring children to expand their learning skills, as well as their knowledge of wildlife and the environment. Find tips on discovering the eco systems in your garden as well as the chance to watch a wildlife video and submit a report on what you see.
For more information visit: Teacher Scholastic
9. Charlie and Lola - Look After Your Planet
This popular game is a fun way of familiarising your children with the process of recycling. The task is to navigate one of the Charlie and Lola characters to collect falling rubbish in the correct recycling bins. The fun graphics and illustrations make this a pleasure to play, and you can progress through the site to bigger challenges depending on your level of skill.
For more information visit: Charlie and Lola
This hands-on site offers plenty of advice to children who want to go green - both in and out of school time. You can hop on a spaceship for a round-the-world tour or go on a mission with ‘Trip the Drip’ to discover the importance of water to the planet.
For more information visit: Kidsgreen